More Africa Special School


stripMore Africa

More Africa is a non-governmental organization (NGO) on Zanzibar which focuses on children and young adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. The special school provides special education, physical therapy, medical help, training and daycare to children who aren’t allowed anywhere else because of their disability.

 

More Africa is a NGO founded in 2015 by the Dutch Ellen van Beers.
The main aim of More Africa is the special school, in order to provide every child the right to education, therapy and/or meaningful daytime activities. More Africa offers a nursery, primary and physical therapy department. Besides, More Africa offers work experience places in the field of bar/restaurant, reception, housekeeping and security for young adults with disabilities from age 16 and older.
On Zanzibar, education, counseling or therapy for children/young adults with disabilities are not obvious. More Africa offers these children and young adults the opportunity to develop themselves in a familiar and safe environment. More Africa works with individual careplans and all our children have their own personal goals.

 


 

Our vision

More Africa supports children and young adults with special needs in their development through physical therapy, training, special education and daycare.

More Africa works with three departments:
3. Nursery
This group consists toddlers and children with major development delays. We prepare them for the primary school by teaching them basic scholar and social skills.
2. Primary school
This group consists of children who are not allowed in Zanzibar to go to a government school due to their disabilities
3. Children with multiple disabilities
This group consists of children with multiple disabilities. We offer these children especially physical therapy and daycare through sensory stimulation. These children often have Cerebral Palsy.

 

Besides, starting in 2019, More Africa starts working with a fourth group, namely the 16+ youth and young adults with disabilities. This group is offered a work experience within Bungalows & More or Food & More (both part of More Africa). In this place they can develop and have a meaningful daycare so that they can be an important addition to the community.

 

Goals

The goal of the NGO is to provide every child the right to education, therapy and/or meaningful daytime activities. On Zanzibar, education, counseling or therapy for children/young adults with disabilities are not obvious. Parents often struggle with the fact that they want the best for their child, but the child cannot go anywhere and will not be accepted at school.
For these children, More Africa is there. We provide customized education, counseling and therapy.

More Africa also focuses on the parents of the children, with the aim of bringing parent and child closer together. Through the interaction between parent and child, parents understand the perceptions and interests of their child better.
More Africa organizes parent meetings where parents can bring issues. A clear example of this is the fact that their children are often beaten by other children. How do I deal with this?
During this meetings we also talk about parenting issues, nurturing and child diseases.

More Africa is a progressive organization on Zanzibar when it comes to involving parents in the development, guidance and support of their child. More Africa is convinced that it is essential to involve parents in the development of the child. In this way parents can continue the development at home, in the familiar surroundings.